With over 70 roles in his repertoire, Corey Trahan is an active performer, educator and stage director in opera, oratorio, music theatre, operetta and recital venues. Known for his comic timing, versatile voice, and onstage charisma, he is being seen and heard internationally in repertoire ranging from operatic classics to modern musical theatre.
Corey began the 2015-2016 season by stage directing Gypsy for Strauss Theatre Center and music directing N.S.U.'s production of RENT. He then was a featured clinician at the Educational Theatre Association's 2015 National Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Corey presented concerts at Hodges Gardens (Florien) and for the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts' 2015 State Conference. He presented "The Singing Actor Workshop" at N.O.C.C.A. (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) and Eastern New Mexico University. Corey was director of N.S.U.'s 2015 Christmas Gala, featuring a cast of 450+ artists, in Natchitoches and the historic Strand Theatre in Shreveport. During Spring 2016, Corey’s engagements include a faculty recital at N.S.U., presenting "The Singer Actor Workshop" at the University of Southern Mississippi, guest soloist for Monroe Symphony Orchestra's production of The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John and guest vocalist for Louisiana Delta Ballet's production of Power and Grace. In addition, Corey will music direct N.S.U.'s production of Oklahoma, perform Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Sir Danvers in Jekyll and Hyde with the Academy of Children’s Theatre, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods with StageCenter, serve as a teaching intern at the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany and return to co-direct Texas A & M's 2016 Singer-Actor Intensive.
Corey has performed with numerous orchestras including the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Brazos Symphony, Monroe Symphony, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans and Houston Masterworks. Corey has performed annual recital tours since 2002 funded by the National Endowment for the Arts' Challenge America Grant and the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council where Corey serves as Visiting Artist and member of the organization's resident touring ensembles.
In addition to performing, Corey has experience teaching on the collegiate level. He completed a two-year assignment as the Biedenharn Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Louisiana where he was Director of Opera Workshop, taught private voice, vocal pedagogy and the history of opera. Corey was also Chair of Music Theatre at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand for two years. Currently, Corey is an Assistant Professor of Theatre/ Director of Music Theatre at Northwestern State University in Nachitoches, Louisiana.
Corey's academic degrees include the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, the Master of Music degree from the University of Houston and the Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University. He has been an apprentice with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Amarillo Opera, Shreveport Opera and the Seagle Music Colony. Corey is a current member of the American Guild of Music Artists, Actor’s Equity Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.